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Ruby and the rabbis
Comedy for scholarships
After opening for Jerry Seinfeld in Atlantic City on April 5, comedian Mark Schiff flew to the Bay Area where, the next day, he entertained at a fundraising event for Chabad Jewish Center of Novato’s youth program. “I told him that we’re pretty new, and that we are raising money to start a scholarship fund and he was inspired,” said Rabbi Menachem Landa. Some 90 people turned out to hear the comic and a klezmer band, as well as bid at a live auction. “That we got so much support was most humbling,” said Landa, who co-directs the 2-year old center with his wife, Adina.
Championing interfaith relations
Noah or not
Russell Crowe was more gladiator than patriot and the movie was a little “Hollywoodie” — at least that was the consensus of some 40 Congregation Etz Chayim members on a movie outing to see the new(ish) blockbuster “Noah,” said Rabbi Ari Cartun. While most people enjoyed it, some were miffed that a big fact was totally changed, he said. For example, in the Bible story, all three sons have wives, but in the movie none are married, though one has a girlfriend. And, he added, they were wearing way too much modern leather.
Diane Sampson of San Francisco is the writer of “Sleeping Cutie: A Fractured Fairy Tale Musical,” about a drummer whose Madoff-like dad has signed her up with an online dating service. It’s playing until May 11 at Thick House Theater. … Rabbi Raphael Asher will be honored on Sunday, May 4, at Congregation B’nai Tikvah for his many years of service to the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.
by Suzan Berns
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